Podcast #21 Question Word Followed by TO + Verb

Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Other

He forgot how to start the engine.

I didn’t know where to go.

We couldn’t decide whether to sell the car.

He explained what to do.

She asked who to see about the problem.

I told her when to come.

Question words that are used in the pattern:

who what where when how whether

Most common verbs used in the pattern:

know understand remember forget

wonder decide ask explain show tell

I explained to him what he should do.

I explained to him what he was supposed to do.

I explained to him what to do.

They could not decide when they should end the party.

They could not decide when to end the party.

How do I know when I am supposed to take the chicken out of the oven?

How do I know when to take the chicken out of the oven?

Show me how I am supposed do this problem.

Show me how to do this problem.

I wonder where I should put this table.

I wonder where to put this table.

Tell me what I should do next.

Tell me what to do next.

She asked how high she should raise the window shade.

She asked how high to raise the window shade.

Do you understand where you are supposed to go for your next class?

Do you understand where to go for your next class?

He couldn’t remember who he was supposed call.

He couldn’t remember who to call.

He couldn’t remember whom he was supposed to call.

He couldn’t remember whom to call.

I think I know what I should tell my girlfriend.

I think I know what to tell my girlfriend.

Please show me how I should set the alarm on this clock.

Please show me how to set the alarm on this clock.

The recipe told me how much milk I should use.

The recipe told me how much milk to use.

Why should we wait any longer?

Why wait any longer?

What is the sense in buying so many bananas?

Why buy so many bananas?

Why should we walk if we can take the bus?

Why walk if we can take the bus?

Let’s talk to him tomorrow instead of today.

Why not talk to him tomorrow instead of today?

Let’s get an order of fried clams and share it.

Why not get an order of fried clams and share it?

We should tell him what we really think.

Why not tell him what we really think?

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